WISE 2016 National Conference: Mosaic of Talent

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Date(s) - Jan 23rd - Jan 24th
All Day

Toronto Region Board of Trade

About The Event

The WISE 2016 National Conference aims to serve as a catalyst to inspire, empower, and connect individuals to take initiative by pursuing their passions and broadening their horizons.
This event will gather science and engineering students from all across Canada for two days packed with enrichment. This will be the fourth year for the conference and will feature inspirational leaders with scientific and engineering backgrounds covering a wide variety of topics including personal and professional development. Our keynote speakers, panels, workshops, and competitions are designed to build the potentials of attending delegates.
Attending delegates will have the opportunity to hear influential success stories from scientific and engineering leaders, including insightful topics such as work-life balance and building impactful relationships.

Registration is now open! (Early Bird $85, Regular $100)



Day 1, Saturday January 23rd

Time Event
9:00 AM – 11:00 AM Registration
11:00 AM – 11:15 AM Opening Ceremony
11:15 AM – 12:15 PM Keynote
12:15 PM – 12:30 PM Networking Break
12:30 PM – 1:15 PM Lunch and Organized Networking
12:30 PM – 1:45 PM Research Poster Competition
1:45 PM – 3:15 PM WISE Talk Panel
3:15 PM – 3:30 PM Networking Break
3:30 PM – 5:00 PM Fireside Chat
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM Wine and Cheese Networking
Day 2, Sunday January 24th

Time Event
9:00 AM – 10:30 AM First Round Case Presentation
10:30 AM – 10:45 AM Networking Break
10:45 AM – 11:45 AM Keynote
11:45 AM – 12:00 PM Networking Break
12:00 PM – 12:30 PM Lunch
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM Career Fair
1:30 PM – 2:30 PM Workshop – Round 1
2:30 PM – 2:45 PM Networking Break
2:45 PM – 3:45 PM Workshop – Round 2
3:45 PM – 4:00 PM Networking Break
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm Final Round Case Presentation
5:00 pm – 6:00 pm Closing Ceremonies & Announcement of Competition Winners


Subsidy information is updated once a week. If a school is not listed here and you would like to find out more, please email info@wiseuoft.org

  • Conestoga College

  • McGill University

  • McMaster University

    • Faculty of Engineering
    • 8 delegates will receive 60% subsidy for attendees and a food allowance.
    • Contact: WISE – McMaster Chapter (wes@mcmaster.ca)
  • University of Ottawa

    • Faculty of Science
    • 10 students will receive 100% ticket subsidy. There may be partial reimbursement for accommodation/transport depending on the number of attendees that claim this subsidy.
    • Contact: Oreen Mendonca (wise@uottawa.ca)
    • Faculty of Engineering
    • 5 students will receive 100% ticket subsidy and partial accommodation/transport allowance (30% up to $60).
    • The number of students funded may increase based on the number of interested delegates
    • Contact: Oreen Mendonca (wise@uottawa.ca)
  • Ryerson University

    • Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science, Faculty of Science
    • (Subsidies Exhausted) 20 Engineering and 20 Science students will be subsidized to provide a ticket price of $30. Contact Nika for more information.
    • Contact: Nika Zolfaghari (womeng@ryerson.ca)
  • University of Toronto

    • Victoria College
    • Apply to Dean’s Experience Enhancement Fund. Deadline is November 1st, 2015
    • Contact: Dean’s Experience Enhancement Fund.
    • New College
    • (Subsidies Exhausted) First 6 students to register will receive 100% ticket price reimbursement upon attendance to the conference.
    • Trinity College
    • Apply to Experiential Learning Fund bursary. In order to apply, students have to write a letter explaining why they want to attend the conference, how it is related to their studies, and include a budget (breakdown of costs involved in attending, as well as any other sources of funding they are using to cover costs). Forward this application to the registrar.
    • Contact: Allison MacDonald (registrar@trinity.utoronto.ca)
    • Department of Astrophysics
    • With support from the Dunlap Institute, up to 10 graduate students are eligible for a 50% subsidy on the conference fee.
    • Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
    • Students will receive a 60% ticket subsidy upon attendance.
    • Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry
    • 10 students can receive a 50% subsidy.
    • Electrical and Computer Engineering
    • (Subsidies Exhausted) 15 students can receive a 60% subsidy for price of a ticket
    • Computer Science
    • 10 students can receive a 50% subsidy.
    • Department of Earth Sciences
    • TBA
  • University of Toronto Mississauga

    • Department of Chemical and Physical Sciences
    • 5 delegates will receive a 100% subsidy for registration fees. Applications should consist of a cover letter and CV in a single PDF and should be received no later than Friday, December 18, 2015.
    • Contact: cps.utm@utoronto.ca
  • Western University

  • York University

    • Lassonde School of Engineering
    • The first 10 registrants will be supported by a 100% conference fee reimbursement, and a 75% reimbursement for the next 15 registrants. Both undergraduate and graduate students can apply to attend. Reimbursement application process through the Lassonde School.
    • Faculty of Science
    • Submit the online application form. The first 10 undergraduate students and 10 graduate students will receive a 50% subsidy. The following 10 undergraduate and 10 graduate students will receive a 25% subsidy.
    • Application form: Faculty of Science


  • Janice Fischer | Vice President, Global Delivery Centers at IBM – Keynote Speaker

    • An accomplished business executive in the Information Technology (IT) Sector with a proven domestic and international track record in building and leading operations to deliver superior business results. Known as an energetic individual who thrives on challenge, and leads from the front – with experience ranging from innovative start up models through to improving performance of large complex organizations. A passionate leader who develops strong, highly effective teams.Demonstrated broad experience in all facets of general management, sales, operations, delivery and program management.
  • Jacqueline Shan | Founder and CSO of Affinity Life Sciences, former CEO, CSO, and co-founder of CV Technologies – Keynote Speaker

    • Dr. Jacqueline Shan is a Canadian scientist, entrepreneur, and businesswoman. She holds twin doctorates- a D.Sc. in Pharmacology from the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences, and a Ph.D. in Physiology from the University of Alberta. She acted as co-founder, President, CSO and CEO of her first company, CV Technologies, which was spun-off from the University of Alberta, and was where she co-discovered and commercialized the iconic COLD-FX: the leading natural cold and flu remedy for Canadians. She currently acts as the founder and CSO of her second company, Affinity Life Sciences, and as co-founder and CSO of Trusted Health Group. Dr. Shan’s foremost vision and mission is to establish a new paradigm of evidence-based natural health products and natural medicines to help people live their fullest lives. Through the successful marriage of eastern traditional medicine and western medical research, she led the discovery and development of the highly successful COLD-FX. Recently, this vision has been encapsulated in the launch of Allergy-FX, the first clinically proven, all-natural, no side effects allergy medicine for environmental and seasonal allergies. Dr. Shan has received over 25 national and international business and science awards, including being named three times as one of Canada’s 100 Most Powerful Women by Women’s Executive Network, made Profit magazine’s W100 list of the country’s top 100 women entrepreneurs twice, and was the first industry professional to receive the prestigious Neil Towers “Pride of Burma” Award from the Natural Health Product Research Society of Canada. Dr. Shan is frequently sought after as a keynote speaker across Canada by universities and companies alike, has co-authored and authored over 60 peer-reviewed papers and holds over 40 patents. She is also the first and only female CEO to co-found and list her company on the TSX in the life sciences and consumer health sectors.
  • Chakameh Shafii | Co-Founder and CEO at TranQool

    • Chakameh Shafii is the Co-founder and CEO of TranQool, an online platform that helps Canadians battling a mental health problem. She’s an Engineering graduate from University of Toronto who believes in creating a safe space for women in STEM. She founded the Women In Science & Engineering (WISE) national conference in 2013 to encourage discussion about innovation within Canadian women in STEM.It was Chakameh’s personal struggles with anxiety that triggered the idea for TranQool. She was inspired to build a solution after hearing from others and experiencing first-hand the challenges of access to mental health resources. Before launching TranQool Chakameh worked at General Electric as the first Canadian employee in their IT Leadership Program.
  • Teresa Waddington | Manager at Shell’s Oilsands Mine

    • Teresa Waddington graduated in 2004 from Queen’s University with a degree in Chemical Engineering. She immediately began working at Shell, where she has held positions in Operations, Project Engineering, Commercial negotiations, and Front End Development. Most recently, she has stepped into a formal leadership role as the Maintenance Manager for the Froth Unit at Shell’s Oilsands mine north of Fort McMurray. Teresa has three fun kids, and an incredible husband who has been a constant source of support and strength as both have built their careers, families, and themselves. Teresa aspires to promote ethical energy availability and environmental advocacy through her career.
  • Marie Mislan | Project Manager at ConocoPhillips

    • Marie Mislan graduated in 1978 from Queen’s University with a degree in Chemical Engineering and in 2001 from University of Calgary with an Executive MBA. Marie is first generation Canadian and was the first in her family to obtain a formal education. Marie has worked for a number of different companies, and has spent the last 14 years at ConocoPhillips. She started her career as a process design engineer, followed by a plant engineer at a gas plant and then at a refinery. She became a supervisor in 1990 and since then has held various technical and commercial Manager roles. Most of her career has been spent as a Project Manager, responsible for the design, procurement and construction of oil and gas facilities. Marie and her engineering husband have three adult children, who are all engineers! She has four beautiful and rambunctious grandchildren that keep her young at heart. Marie believes strongly in sustainable development and has achieved this in her projects by balancing five factors: safety, technical excellence, economic feasibility, environmental impact and community input.
  • Nisha Sarveswaran | CEO and Founder of Ambience Data

    • Nisha is an entrepreneur and engineer who is passionate about the environment. She has over 10 years of engineering experience in a wide range of fields including Aviation, Nuclear and Simulation. As an Aerospace Engineer she has a proven ability to develop complex project solutions in data analysis, optimization and hardware/software systems integration. She has extensive experience in service delivery, business development, strategy, operations and software development. She previously worked for Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd and Atlantis Systems Int. At Ambience Data, her responsibilities include overseeing Ambience Data’s overall strategic development, direction, planning and execution. She is directly Involved in the development of the real-time software monitoring platform and the development of the advanced air quality sensor systems.
  • Gimmy Chu | CEO and Co-Founder of Nanoleaf

    • Gimmy has over seven years of experience as a technology consultant and delivered projects for numerous clients across North America including TD Bank, Hawaiian Telcom, Frontier Communications, Best Buy, and Jack in the Box. He is now leading the effort in sourcing affordable and suitable components for the Nanoleaf as well as managing the planning and execution of the Nanoleaf products as one of the company’s founders and its current CEO.
  • Ana Reyes | Customer Service Manager at Unilever

    • Ana is currently Customer Service Manager for Unilever managing the Walmart and Shoppers Drug Mart accounts. She leads a team that collaborates with the retailers in forecasting, planning, and replenishment for stores while creating supply chain efficiencies. Ana began her career with Unilever in 2004 joining the Planning team as an Imports Planner. She has honed her experience and leadership qualities through a variety of positions with increasing responsibilities in Unilever across Planning, Distribution, Customer Service, Category Management, and Global Capabilities. Ana relocated to the United States in 2009 managing the Unilever relationship with Walmart in 15+ countries. She held a Global Manager role for On Shelf Availability and worked as a Category Advisor for the Walmart US Ice Cream buyer. In 2014, she moved to Canada to take on her current role.
  • Bijan Vaez | Co-Founder and CTO of EventMobi

    • Bijan has spent the last near decade designing, architecting, & developing large scale cross-platform mobile and web applications, but now spends most of his time building & scaling technology teams. Previous to EventMobi, Bijan built an award-winning medical diagnoses iOS app, was part of the discrete graphics team at AMD and co-founded a real-time RFID asset tracking consultancy. Bijan holds a BASc in Computer Engineering from the University of Toronto and can be found at @bijanv.
  • Ryan Doherty | President and Co-Founder of iamsick.ca

    • Ryan Doherty is a health social entrepreneur. While working on his PhD in Medical Biophysics at the University of Toronto & Structural Genomics Centre, he co-founded a digital health startup called iamsick.ca. Having just completed his PhD in 2015, he currently leads iamsick.ca with a focus on improving access to healthcare services by empowering patients and enabling healthcare providers. Prior to his doctoral studies, he spent a year doing HIV/AIDS research in South Africa and Belgium. His passion is working on projects that leverage data & technology to identify new approaches for reducing barriers in healthcare. He is also an executive member of the Toronto chapter of Emerging Health Leaders and a former Massey College Junior Fellow.
  • Cathy Tie | CEO and Co-founder of Ranomics

    • Cathy Tie is co-founder and CEO of Ranomics, a biotechnology startup that is improving the accuracy of genetic testing by determining the consequences of all variants in hereditary disease genes before they are seen in patients. She began conducting genomics research at the age of 14, and published her first paper at the age of 16. At 18, Cathy was selected as a Thiel Fellow, and co-founded her current startup, Ranomics, as one of the youngest people to receive venture capital funding in the biotechnology space. Cathy aims to revolutionize preventative medicine by determining with unparalleled precision whether a person is prone to a hereditary condition as a result of their individual genetic variations.
  • Shannon Pole | CEO and Lead Trainer of ICA Consulting

    • Shannon Pole works with women who are ready to make a difference for themselves and their profession. Her university education was at McMaster University where she completed a Bachelor’s of Engineering and Society followed by a Master’s of Engineering and Public Policy, with a focus on Gender Equity in Engineering. Shannon then worked as a market development consultant for a technical association, during which she completed training in Neuro-Linguistic Programming and Creating Your Future Coaching Processes – the study of excellence and how to reproduce it for continual success. Now CEO of ICA Consulting, Shannon guides women to discover and choose their own best path to achieve their aspirations.


There will be 4 very exciting workshops presented by distinguished professionals and experts. You are required to sign up to the workshops prior to the event. You’ll receive more information on how to sign up to the different workshops after you register to the conference. Each Workshop has a limited capacity! The sooner you register to the conference, the sooner you’ll be able to sign up for the workshops you’d like to attend! You’ll receive an eventbrite invitation to the email you provide when you purchase your ticket asking you to sign up to workshops. Such invitation will be sent a few days after you register.

How To Be A Great Storyteller
Presented by Accenture
Finding The Company Culture That Fits Your Strengths
Presented by Samsung

Christine Greco | VP of Human Resources and Corporate Affairs at Samsung
As a respected leader with a keen focus on developing and growing talent, Christine understands how to build teams to lead a company into the future. With more than 20 years’ experience at leading companies, in her current role as Samsung Canada’s Vice President of Human Resources and Corporate Affairs, Christine is responsible for managing a team of 17 professionals and leading the strategic direction of HR including all talent management and engagement programs.
In her 20 years as an HR professional, Christine thrives on developing creative, strategic initiatives that fuel innovation and change within organizations. Under Christine’s leadership, Samsung Canada has received numerous accolades including being named as one of Canada’s 2016 Top 100 Employers, 2016 Top 10 Best Employer by the Financial Post and one of Greater Toronto Area’s Top Employers for 2014, 2015 and 2016.
Christine holds a Master of Industrial Relations, Human Resources from the University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Arts in Labour Relations from McMaster University. An active volunteer, Christine donates her time as a board member with the Burlington Library’s CEO Evaluation Committee and Audit Committee, and a volunteer member of the Information Technology Association of Ontario’s “Women in Leadership in IT Industry” Board.

How To Land Your Dream Job
Presented by Celia Featherby – Hydro One

Celia Featherby | Diversity Manager and Senior Development Consultant at Hydro One
Celia Featherby is a graduate of the University of Toronto and a Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL). Throughout her career she has worked as an office junior, file clerk, supervisor, manager, human resources officer, diversity manager, head hunter for financial professionals, training and development officer and general rabble rouser. Happily married to the same man for over 30 years, she is the mother of four vivacious and spirited children and upcycles furniture in her free time. She has been active in diversity programming inside organizations since the Abella Commission report on Equality in Employment, and looks forward to the day when women do not have to “work twice as hard to be thought half as good” to quote Charlotte Witten, former Mayor of Ottawa.

Machine Learning Challenge
Presented by Susan Ibach – Microsoft

Delegates will require a personal computer for this workshop.
Imagine if you could predict the future! All companies, big and small, are constantly trying to predict the future. Retail stores have to guess how many people will purchase a particular item when they re-order stock. Airline companies try to predict how many passengers will not show up for a given flight. Sports teams try to predict how successful a player will be if they after they join the team. You can break our your crystal ball or your tarot cards, but most companies use historical data to try and predict what will happen in the future. Azure Machine Learning Studio is a tool that uses models to analyze data sets to try and predict future outcomes. Bring your laptop because in this session, not only will you learn how to use Machine Learning Studio, you are going to try it yourself in our Machine Learning Challenge!

Susan Ibach | Susan Ibach – Senior Technical Evangelist at Microsoft
Susan Ibach (aka @HockeyGeekGirl) is a senior technical evangelist at Microsoft Canada, that means she loves to talk about the latest developer technologies such as Visual Studio, the cloud, and app development. She has worked as a consultant doing programming, testing, data conversions, roll-outs and also as a trainer teaching databases, programming, and business analysis. Susan is a high energy presenter and takes pride in delivering engaging presentations. When she is not staring at an LCD screen, she is probably driving her son to a hockey arena or running.


Poster Competition

First Prize: $1000

We are opening a call for abstracts for the Research Poster Competition, where we welcome innovative ideas in science and engineering to be judged by a panel of influential judges. We look forward to reading all about your research and design projects!

Please submit your abstracts using the online form.


Call for abstract deadline is December 30th, 2015. We will then contact you with details about the competition as the conference date approaches.

Generously sponsored by GE.

Case Consulting Competition

First Prize: $1000 and an interview with Tata Consultancy Services

Generously sponsored by Tata Consultancy Services.


We have found a very great deal for you with Strathcona Hotel!

The rooms are bookable via phone (416-363-3321), email (reservations@thestrathconahotel.com) or by using the online booking system.

Guests must request the block for the “Women in Science And Engineering” by phone or email to receive the discounted rates.

The rates are bookable based on their room availability only, there should be enough rooms for everyone, but the earlier you book your room the better!


  • $115 plus 16% taxes per room per night for rooms with either one queen bed, one king bed or two twin beds for up to 2 people per room
  • $145 plus 16% taxes per room per night for rooms with two double beds or two queen beds for up to 4 people per room

The rates are available between January 20-26, 2016 for guests who wish to arrive earlier or stay later.


Sponsors make this conference possible and let us make this an unforgettable weekend.
Wise Sponsor: Tata Consultancy Services
Wise Sponsor: GE
WISE Sponsor: Accenture WISE Sponsor: Samsung Wise Sponsor: Hydro One Wise Sponsor: Altera WISE Sponsor: Unilever WISE Sponsor: Microsoft Wise Sponsor: AECON Wise Sponsor: TD WISE Sponsor: Amec Foster Wheeler WISE Sponsor: AECOM
WISE Sponsor: CeridianWISE Sponsor: FDM GroupWISE Sponsor: Ivey Business School
WISE Sponsor: AMD